Iron Man 2
I had the chance to see this sequel with my brother and his wife. We’d seen the first film together, so it seemed appropriate. And although I didn’t really expect it to live up to the fun of the first, would it be close?
Not so much.
The main issue with this movie is pacing – the story is just too long to kick into high gear. While the first one moved along at a good pace filling in the details of Iron Man’s origin, this one dwelt too long on the plight of Stark Enterprises. And even when the story did really get going, it went along the path of heavy action, typical of a summer blockbuster. The first film excelled due to a lot of witty repartee and surprising situations.
Despite the script, the cast does the best they can with what they have to work with. Robert Downey Jr. continues his duty as that guy that you either love or hate. Gwyneth Paltrow does an admirable job with her increased role as Pepper Potts. And Sam Rockwell plays a sleazeball to the hilt – we know he must be a jerk because his palms are orange from self-tanner. (And he sounded so much like one of my co-workers, it was disturbing.)
Most under-utilized in IM2 is Scarlet Johansson, playing the part of Black Widow, although that particular name never comes up. Unfortunately she’s stuck just doing a few “gotcha” poses in tight lycra, which doesn’t live up to what that character was in comic books.
So let’s get down to brass tacks – should you see this movie? You might want to, especially if you liked the first, or enjoy superhero movies. It’s fun, and you’ll have a good time, but perhaps not a great time. Should you rush out and see it in the theater? Only if you love big action sequences with lots of explosions. But if you crave a good story to go with your popcorn, wait for the DVD.
My grade – B